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Virtual Workforce Development Approach Encourages Youth to Dig Themselves, Discover Their Talents and Compete for Prize Money

By SPN Newsroom / April 4, 2020

When CEO of Symphony Workforce Todd Smith speaks about Discover Your Genius, a workforce development challenge for high school and college students, enthusiasm brightens his voice.  When he describes what DYG (“dig”) has done for underserved youth across Nebraska—particularly in rural areas where food deserts, poverty and lack of mental health services persist—it’s hard to…

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In midst of COVID-19, St. Louis-based GiftAMeal supports hungry people, restaurants

By SPN Newsroom / March 25, 2020

Andrew Glantz embodies the spirit of altruistic entrepreneurship. As a teen, Glantz served for 4 years as VP of the Southern California children’s charity Jr. Variety, planning fundraisers that obtained over $400,000 for various children’s causes. In college, he co-owned a nonprofit storefront promoting reuse and sustainability. And in October 2015, while still a junior…

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Telecommuters

By SPN Newsroom / March 24, 2020

Many of us can only dream of working from home. No more rush hour. No more sack lunches or $11 takeout sandwiches. And especially no more long, drawn-out conversations about the loose floor tile by Kelly’s office.  Well, now we have to miss all of those things.  Many of us are struggling with the reality…

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Impact of COVID-19: Be a Conscious, Local Consumer and Supporter

By SPN Newsroom / March 13, 2020

This is a guest post by Maria Brady. In light of recent cancellations, the Omaha economy faces a period of uncertainty. The economic downturn will impact businesses, workers, families and individuals in various ways—and to differing degrees.  We must remember that little steps can go a long way. While we should limit non-essential social contact…

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KANEKO: Putting Omaha on the Map

By Tom McCauley / March 11, 2020

Some might not realize it yet, but the arts and culture nonprofit KANEKO has fans all over the world.  “KANEKO puts Omaha on the map,” said Samuel Bertino, KANEKO’s Individual Gifts & Community Engagement Manager.  “It’s a place to come and see new and exciting things that are happening. Whenever we have people come in…

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Hybrid85 passes profits onto farmers

By Henry Nunn / March 4, 2020

At the very top of the Nebraska State Capitol building stands a 32-foot tall bronze statue of the Sower, a figure representing agriculture’s vital role in the development of modern civilization. Maybe it wasn’t the best fit for the state license plate, but the Sower is an undeniable symbol of Nebraska. According to the Nebraska…

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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment in Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To an extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with the term “offshoring.” Outsourcing—contracting with an external entity to complete work that could be done internally—sometimes gets conflated with offshoring, the practice of moving corporate operations to a different country to capitalize on cheaper labor. …

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From the Editors: UNO Scott Scholars Work with the AIM Institute to Design Cohesion, Tell the Story

By SPN Newsroom / February 13, 2020

UNO first-year Computer Science major Zander Gibney’s favorite local nonprofit is—and we cannot stress this enough—the AIM Institute. Zander plans to pursue a career in video game development and spends a lot of his time buckling down to study. In that respect, he’s not unusual. Many university students study hard too, especially in the 24-to-48…

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Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place April 17 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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Physicians Mutual and AIM Institute Provide Pathway for Call Center Employees to Become Data Scientists, Web Developers

By Tom McCauley / February 6, 2020

Last year, Nathan Coberly found himself asking how to get more people into tech. The Physicians Mutual Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Development was part of a subcommittee of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative trying to develop a strategy for career changers and veterans to pursue IT. Coberly himself had transitioned from the military into…

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